If you’re wondering what happened to Grob while you were gone (I play horde over there and alliance here), it was flooded by transfers from PvP servers with no intent of using it as a RP server. The RP still exists over there, but you have to really seek it out and if you are attempting to RP in a public place, people are going to actively be obnoxious and attempt to disrupt you and you have to learn to ignore them. That doesn’t happen here.
Deviate Delight has really dodged that bullet because the kind of people who came in and ruined the RP vibe on Grob view DD (incorrectly, but thankfully they view it this way) as dead or otherwise unworthy of their consideration for whatever reason. The transfers we have had here have largely been people who respect and are interested in the idea of a RP server, which contrasts with grob in that the transfers have actually enhanced the community here mostly rather than detracted from it.
Regarding the size, it is more difficult to find groups here now, the population is largely leveled, but it isn’t impossible by any means, you just need to have a little more patience, but people are always rerolling and leveling alts, so you’ll find groups as you’re leveling, just maybe not the exact group you want at any particular time. The upside of this is the walls of annoying spam for paid boosts that you see over on grob, don’t exist here. You’ll see a few people advertising boosts occasionally, but for the most part most of the people who are leveling are doing it the proper way.